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MSG Network Show Returns to Debate ‘Best New York Movies’

For the next two weeks, 11:00 p.m. weeknights, The Lineup: Best NY Movies on MSG will run down a gargantuan group of worthy candidates. On tonight’s debut, the show’s latest panel featuring movie critic Jeffrey Lyons, actor John Leguizamo, filmmakers Ed Burns and Spike Lee join host Fran Healy to evaluate Manhattan-set gangster movies.

MSG Network's "The Lineup"

The first revelation of tonight’s program is that actor Dylan McDermott does a pretty good Marlon Brando/Don Vito Corleone impression. There’s also a good debate about which is better – The Godfather or The Godfather: Part II.

The Lineup: Best NY Movies is the fourth go-round for the Emmy-winning program. The show previously looked at NYC’s best baseball players, baseball deals and sports movies. Here’s the full schedule:

Monday, March 3: Gangster
Tuesday, March 4: Comedy
Wednesday, March 5: Action
Thursday, March 6: Drama (Part 1)
Friday, March 7: Thriller

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Talking Oscars with Longtime Movie Critic Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons is back on WCBS 880 with his popular movie review segment, the nationally heard Lyons Den Radio.

Lyons, known for more than 40 years of his insightful cinematic critiques and entertaining interviews, worked at 880 from 1975 to 1994. He was also a regular reviewer on WPIX from 1970 to 1991.

Lyons took his local voice national with PBS’ Sneak Previews, which had a 14-year run. Most recently, Lyons brought the “Den” to WNBC. His 13-year run included a syndicated Reel Talk that he created.

With the Oscars being polished up for Sunday’s 85th annual event, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to speak to Lyons and pick his brain about the contenders and possible surprises.

“My upset pick is Hugh Jackman for Best Actor for Les Mis,” Lyons tells FishbowlNY. “Jackman gave one of the great performances I’ve ever seen.”

He expects Daniel Day-Lewis, though, will nab his record-setting third Best Actor for his portrayal of America’s 16th president.

The buzz is building for Steven Spielberg, director of Lincoln.

“I think he’s going to win. He has an Oscar pedigree,” Lyons says. “He hasn’t won enough to suit me. He’s the greatest filmmaker of our time … I’m glad to be alive in the Steven Spielberg era.”

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It’s All About the Benjamins

thebens.jpgBen Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons are apt to do a serviceable job taking over “At the Movies,” but perhaps the most alarming element (for any moviegoer worth their weight) is that neither has been a film critic before (well actually, Ben 2 was called a critic on E!, that repository of journalistic and critical integrity).

But the two of them are related to film critics or film screenwriters. Granted they’re pretty good screenwriters (Citizen Kane) and critics (Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC in New York). But is it like baseball where Bobby Bonds can produce a Barry Bonds? I’m not sure either of these guys can hit 762 home runs, steroids or not.

So we’ll all just have to rely on Harry Knowles to figure out the movie business.

(image via Variety)